Earnings for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists come in at around $30.75 per hour on average. The range in cash compensation to Entry-Level Dental Hygienists ($41K to $83K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. In this profession, over a third enjoy medical and dental coverage, and close to a sixth have vision insurance, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,694 - $71,971
(Median)
$31K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,780
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$22.52 - $40.39
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$23
$31
$40
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,694 - $71,971  
   
Bonus
$203.00 - $5,006  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,068  
Commission
$245.11 - $10,161  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,177 - $82,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 716
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$22.52 - $40.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$15.53 - $58.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$203.00 - $5,006  
   
Commission
$245.11 - $10,161  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $5,068  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,177 - $82,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,431
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Dominating the field, Family Dental, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, and Park Dental are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Dental Hygienists. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Pacific Dental Services Incorporated offers the most; Entry-Level Dental Hygienists earn $79K on average there.

Offering a median of only $58K, Aspen Dental pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $42K on the lower end and $79K on the higher end.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $62,595

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Dental Hygienists, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Dental Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+17 percent), Austin (+16 percent), Richmond (+16 percent), and Denver (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Dental Hygienist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Hygienist in Red Oak:
"45 years in profession."
1.) Take care of your back. 2.) Profession does not have many benefits so think about what you want and expect out of a job. 3.) Hours are good but not a lot of flexibility for taking time off unless you have someone to cover for you. 4.) Usually no scheduled raises.

Dental Hygienist in Danville:
"Do Not Participate in Office Gossip."
Make an effort to get along with all co-workers. Never start or perpetuate office rumors or gossip. Understand that in a dental environment you will occasionally have to pick up the slack for someone else. You do what needs to be done to keep the office running on schedule even if it's not your official job duty. If you feel that you are doing this too often and your coworkers are not being team players (and nothing is being done by "the people in charge"), then maybe you should start looking for another place of employment because you will get worn out and start to resent your co-workers. As a result patients one way or the other, will not receive the treatment they deserve.

Dental Hygienist in Seattle:
"Basics."
All the information you learn during school comes down to some basic important items to look for and discuss with patient.

Dental Hygienist in Forest Grove:
"Don't Give Up."
You will be stressed with the time limit you have, but don't give up. Know what you are worth and what you are capable of and own it. Be confident and compassionate. Be patient with yourself and don't give up. Everything will come in time and you will get better and better!

Dental Hygienist in Pasadena:
"Some people have gross mouths but if you can deal , good job."
Find a good office/doctor and make it a home long term.

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Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

restorative
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Anesthesia
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
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Periodontics
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Pediatrics
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Radiology
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Local Anesthesia
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Bilingual
0%

Cleaning
0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

dental hygiene
0%

National Average
$63,000

Orthodontics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 202 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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